Arctic Ice Crawler Top speed: 10 km/hr (6 mph) Horsepower: 150-160 Features: - Posable legs for maximum stability - articulated arm with opening claw gripper for heavy-duty lifting Cool-ometer: 5/5 Gadgets to bring for adventures: - Something hot to drink – it can get a little chilly in the cockpit! - A circular saw if you want to cut smaller pieces from the ice. Crawler cranes and excavators are the ultimate 4x4 vehicles and perfect for rough ice terrain research. You can drive them up and down slopes, steep ravines, and crevasses, and they can lift tons of ice. The LEGO City explorers fondly calls their Arctic Ice Crawler “Scorpio Sally”.
Arctic Animals: Saber-toothed tiger
Animal: Saber-toothed tiger Found in: North and South America Status: Extinct Class: Prehistoric Weight: Same as between 22,000-160,000 2x4 LEGO® bricks Height: 20-30 minifigures Fun Facts * They mostly hunted and ate plant-eating animals like horses, bison – even mastodons. * The saber-toothed tiger is not related to the tigers we know today. It belonged to a species which is now extinct: Nimravidae. Here, kitty-kitty-kitty A saber-toothed tiger must have been an impressive sight. It is one of the largest animals in the cat family that has ever lived. Its canine teeth grew up to 20 cm (8 inches)! That’s enough to turn almost any prey into an all you can eat buffet… Don’t judge a cat by its canines Just because you have razor-sharp teeth, you can still be nice to others. Saber-toothed tigers lived and hunted in packs like many cat families do today. They would bring food to the young cubs, old, injured or sick in the pack.
Welcome to Mars!
Did you know that the first astronauts may travel to Mars sometime in the future? You or one of your friends could be on board, so it’s important to learn everything possible about the Red Planet if you’re going to spend some time there! Here are 5 fun facts about life on Mars that will have you packing your bags in no time! • A year on Mars is almost twice as long as a year on Earth – 687 days. That’s a long time between birthdays! • Mars has a dusty environment that has unusual effects on the sky: in the daytime the sky has an orange color, and the sunrise and sunset are blue. • The average surface temperature on Mars is -81 °F (-63 °C). Better bring your warmest pajamas and some hot cocoa! • Want to upload a selfie to social media back on Earth? You’ll need to be patient: it takes an average of 15 minutes for a message to reach Earth from Mars. • Feel like a road trip on Mars? Be sure to visit Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system. It stretches 16 miles (25 kilometers) into the Martian sky! Do you think one day people will go to Mars for vacations and to maybe even live? Would you like to be one of the first to go?
A spacesuit may not look as comfortable as a hoodie and jeans, but it allows astronauts to survive the extreme temperatures and dangerous radiation of space – and even safely scratch their noses when on a spacewalk. Are you ready to have your mind explode like a supernova? Check out these 5 cool facts about spacesuits! • Spacesuits are customized by connecting many interchangeable parts that fit different body types. Even dogs have worn spacesuits! • Astronauts wear white spacesuits because this color reflects the most sunlight and protects from cancer-causing radiation (and a sunburn in space would REALLY hurt!) • Spacesuits protect astronauts on spacewalks from extreme temperatures and allow them to move around comfortably. When the weather is this crazy, you can’t just wear a t-shirt! • A spacesuit weighs about 280 lbs when on Earth – without anyone in it. In space it weighs absolutely nothing, which means that astronauts can move around rather easily. • What happens if an astronaut gets an itchy nose while on a spacewalk? Since they cannot remove their helmet, there is a small piece of Velcro stuck to the inside that serves as a scratcher! If you plan to explore Mars, you will definitely need a spacesuit! What special functions and features will you include in yours? Better start building!